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3:00 PM ET, January 23, 2011

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Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Why I Don't Buy the Quora Hype  —  Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not writing this in my capacity as a university professor or researcher; I don't claim to be an expert on social networking; and I will be happy to be proven wrong—I have no vested interest in the success or failure of Quora.
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A Quick Response to @vwadhwa Post on Quora  —  There are some interesting nuggets in Vivek Wadhwa's post on TechCrunch today about Quora.  Let me say first that he's right to highlight the holes in the voting incentive structure, but other than that, here are some reactions to why many of his assertions …
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Motorola Xoom launching February 17th at Best Buy (update: priced at $700)  —  When we stumbled upon an $800 price for the Motorola Xoom yesterday, our instinctive reaction was to leap forward to the next obvious question: when?  Well, that call has now been answered by an internal Best Buy document that's …
Frederic Lardinois / NewsGrange:
Hacker Shows It Doesn't Take $8 Million to Clone Qwiki - Just 321 Lines of HTML Will do the Trick  —  Qwiki is an app that creates pretty slideshows based on Wikipedia entries.  The service won the top award at the last Techcrunch Disrupt conference and just received $8 million in new funding …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Qwiki Hits No. 1 On Google Trends ‘Hot Searches’ In The U.S.  —  Buoyed by news that early Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin led an $8 million investment in the startup, TechCrunch Disrupt winner and visual search startup Qwiki has hit no.1 on Google Trends 'Hot Searches …
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Apple's new ‘two is better than one’ iPhone ad promotes Verizon, AT&T  —  Just days after Verizon launched its first iPhone ad, a new TV spot from Apple for the iPhone 4 highlights both Verizon and AT&T with the pitch “two is better than one.”  —  Set to the iconic Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Music Bay: Pirate Bay Crew Instill More Fear Into The Music Industry  —  For years The Pirate Bay has been a thorn in the side of the music industry, but things could be about to take a turn for the worse.  Over the past days rumors of a new project titled “The Music Bay” have been circling …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
$10K iTunes Winner Hung Up On Apple, Thought It Was a Prank [Exclusive]  —  Gail Davis of Orpington Kent hung up the phone when Apple called to say she'd won a $10,000 iTunes gift card.  She thought it was a prank call.  —  The winner of the Apple's 10 billionth App download sweepstakes nearly …
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Trudy Muller / Apple:
Apple's App Store Downloads Top 10 Billion
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google May Let You Blacklist Domains To Fight Spam  —  Ready for do-it-yourself spam fighting?  Google has discussed giving searchers the ability to remove domains from its search results.  That's according to Matt Cutts, Google's top spam fighter, who's been posting frequently …
Paul McMahon / TokyoDev:
Facebook is Japan's LinkedIn  —  A couple of weeks back, an article Facebook Wins Relatively Few Friends in Japan made its rounds.  As usual, Facebook is compared to the big three Japanese SNS: mixi, Gree, and Mobage-town.  However, Gree and Mobage-town market themselves more as social gaming platforms …
Zee / The Next Web:
Sean Parker: The Social Network is a complete work of fiction  —  Sean Parker and Paulo Coelho's two man panel at DLD raised a number of interesting points about the future of content but it was Coelho's question to Parker on his thoughts on the The Social Network, that grabbed everyone's attention.
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch Europe
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
How much traffic can a Google Doodle drive to your site?  Nearly 1/4 million uniques in a day.  —  Google's Doodles - the fun pieces of art that Google replaces its logo with for special occasions - are immensely popular with the public, but how much traffic do they actually drive?
 
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Spiegel Online:
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Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Pixable's smart Facebook photo gallery hits 100,000 users in 10 days
Liz Gannes / NetworkEffect:
Is Larry Page the Consummate Anti-Social CEO?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Bloomberg